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Friday April 23, 2010 Food Blog

Friday, April 23, 2010

TGIF!!! This week has been extremely long for me - not really sure why that is though. In reality, I have not been that busy but do you ever have one of those weeks where you have less to do but it just takes a super long time to do everything. Well, that is my week... Even complaining though.

Here's the food blog for today:
Breakfast: This morning I was actually really good and got out of rut a little and make Tofu Breakfast Sandwiches. (recipe from Vegweb) It was a mock recipe for New York Deli style breakfast sandwiches. Basically it is a Dijon Marinated Tofu (overnight) on a homemade whole wheat english muffin with soy cheese and a vegan "sausage" patty. The hubster loves the mock sausage so I put it on his however I'm not a fan so I tend to push it to the side. The sandwich took longer than I expected so I didn't have the time to take a photo. The tofu was tasty however the English Muffin didn't work out because the tofu squeezed right out. We ended up eating the sandwiches with a fork and knife - so posh at 6AM! haha

Lunch: Leftovers again... Lima Bean "salad" and Moroccan Couscous salad. I also had a delightful Red Pear - my first ever in my life. Basically it is a naturally pigmentation "error" pear that is sold for more per pear- tasty the same as a green pear but a little less sweet. Good nonetheless...



Dinner: We still had a lot of "salads" leftovers so I took those out and warmed up a little... then I made some Thai Rice Wraps called Chili Garlic Tempeh Spring Rolls from a blog called Vegan Dad. We absolutely loved the dipping sauce! I'm not thrilled with the ingredients since we used more sugar than I normally prefer but it was a good treat to go along with the healthier options on the table. Since I make most recipes before we exercise, these were in a plastic container and not on a nice platter. The dipping sauce wasn't shown but it was similar to sweet and sour sauce from the Chinese restaurants. I used Siracha though so it was really spicy - the hubster couldn't take the heat.

  
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CUPCAKE_PIRATE 5/19/2010 10:24AM

    I really need to learn some basic recipes .. this all looks and sounds great!

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PAPRINIKA 4/23/2010 12:15PM

    Reminds me of the tofu burger served at the restaurant I used to work in. X)

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 4/23/2010 10:01AM

    *lol* I love posh 6am eating - especially if it involves linen napkins & pinkies in the air. :op

The breakfast sandwiches sound DELISH - I need to check out that Vegweb site. I have some tofu in the freezer that I was planning on marinating & grilling but I never got around to it. Maybe I'll get some recipe inspirations from that site.

Thanks for sharing.... :o)

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Thursday April 22, 2010 Food Blog

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Food oh glorious food! Isn't it wonderful to know that when you are losing weight you must actually eat tasty, colorful foods? And lots of it! Hard work but I am glad to sit down each meal and enjoy my rainbow colored foods. My goal lately has been to add a few different colors to our table. These colors are supposed to be real, not anything processed to make the color pronounced. It has been working great and my husband (who is trying to gain weight) has mentioned that he is feeling more energy and loves opening his bento full of colors at work. It's uplifting! With fruits and veggies you can make it happen! Since it's Earth Day today, why not try it out too!

Breakfast: Again, yesterday I had the same meal - yes, I'm in a rut! But, I did get up early and provide my husband with a warm meal. It was Scrambled Tortillas. This recipe was from Vegan Brunch. For some reason it didn't look good to me (maybe because I'm addicted to sprouted bread lately) but I sent it packing with the husband. We were running late so we didn't have our normal breakfast at home together. Some days that just happens doesn't it. ^_^ Hubster said it was wonderful however he really wanted to have more sauce since it gave the dish some taste. It was similar to a sort of creamy tofu with tortilla sauce on it. It was a wonderful smell the whole morning at least. Doesn't look the best in a bento but taste is more important right?


Lunch: Leftovers from last night

Dinner: Since it was sunny outside, I decided that we were going to have some lovely vegan "salads". I really don't like to say the word salad because every-time I think of the term, it reminds me of a lettuce salad. Not sure why... So, we had Mediterranean Lima Bean with Tomatoes, Olives and Tofu (from Vegan Planet); Five Spice Moroccan Couscous Salad (sweet taste) (Vegan Dad online); and finally some leftover Quinoa Tabbouleh from the other day. We laid out our picnic blanket outside our front door and had a lovely time nibbling on the salads and eating freshly cut strawberries, pineapple and cantaloupe. Yum! Sometimes it is just nice to mix things up a little and have a picnic outdoors. I have to admit I forgot to take a photo of all the salads and the picnic - sorry. Here's the Lima bean salad.


  
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GRANDMAAMIE 4/22/2010 10:52AM

    LOOKS GOOD
HAVE A NICE DAY!


AMIE

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SUGIRL06 4/22/2010 10:24AM

    Yum! I don't like the word salad either but yours are always good! And I like the idea of a picnic in the yard. Fun
~Ang

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Thursday April 22, 2010 Exercise Blog

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sorry for my absence yesterday, there was Sunshine!!! It finally crept closer to 70F/21.1C yesterday!!! So, I did all my housework and work early in the morning so that I could spend some much needed time out in the sun! I had two glorious hours alone outdoors (well, with one furry baby) just reading and listening to music while sunbathing! It was so pleasant and definitely an uplifting experience. There is nothing like a good day of sunshine while relaxing to get you pumped up and ready to get out there again. When the hubster got home, we went for a slow but steady 5K run. We have been running 10K but we decided that we would just enjoy our run and relax while taking in the vitamin E.

Lately running problems... Before we received our shoe parcels, I had started to get a few pains here and there. Mostly I had some pain in my hips... I have a slight irritating pain in my hip area (it switches legs) the day after I run. It is the strangest thing since I have never had any issue with my hips but lately it just started happening. We have consistently been running about 5 days a week and now I'm walking with one of my furry babies twice a day. So, there isn't that much of a change - besides an extra few miles a week. After some research, I think I am running with too long of strides and creating a slight pain that shouldn't be creeping in. So, I am hoping right now that my pains will go away after I have these new shoes and pay more attention to my strides. Anyone else have this issue?

In addition for the last two days I have found that I have had stomach pains while running. Not sure why I am having these pains but I really hope to cure them. At first I thought that it was because we have been taking a a moderate tempo in running and talking at the same time. Yesterday though I kept more quiet and we went a moderate tempo again. Still, the pain in my stomach crept in again. It is almost like my diaphragm is yelling at me or something for breathing incorrectly however I am trying to pay close attention with no alleviation of the issue. Then I had some pain in my lower stomach also yesterday. Maybe drinking too much water in the daytime or something else? I'm looking for some good stretches to hopefully alleviate these pains. Know of any good ones or suggestions?

Day three of running with our new Saucony running shoes and loving them! The breathing holes are amazing - you can actually feel a slight breeze come in the sides when running - it cools off the shoes! Previously I was a Nike girl however I am addicted to the new brand shoes. They are not only more supportive but just fit into the life of a running instead of a tennis player. I personally think the shoe has to fit your foot and your fashion style to make it best for you though.

Oh, someone asked, Saucony runs about the same size for all shoes for woman but one size smaller for men. Don't know why, just what we found out. I wear a 6.5 in most shoes and purchased a 6.5 saucony shoe. Husband purchased 9 when he usually wears an 8. Hopefully that answers your question. ^_^


Thanks for the photo: www.iowaavenue.com/photo/photo/show?
id=774881%3APhoto%3A41267

  
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KARVY09 4/22/2010 9:34AM

    Go Saucony! I love mine!

I hope your stomach feels better soon!

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Saucony Running Shoes

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Yay! The UPS man delivered our brand new running shoes. We ordered these two pairs of shoes online at Dick's Sporting Goods about four-five days ago. Unfortunately the stores did not hold all sizes so we had to order ourselves online instead of picking them up in the stores. Thankfully it took less than a week to get to us - anticipation might have killed us. haha

Even though we are aware that we aren't supposed to run the first day after receiving new shoes, it was just too hard to resist. We probably should have broken in the shoes a little but then again whom has that much willpower to not try the new shoes out? hehe Not me! We ran 6 miles together outdoors. Since we both have the same shoes (Asian-style couple shoes - not intentional though), the whole time we were expressing different feelings about the shoes. It was great fun. We made it back after the run without any blisters or bruises - yay!

Here's the new shoes:
New shoes with old (dirty from hiking/running in the mountains the other day)


Side view...

Couple Shoes:

  
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BBGOOGIN 4/21/2010 1:10PM

    I also wear the same shoes, and I wouldn't consider buying any other kind of shoe!! Mine are on my feet right now, love 'em!!
~Susan

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PAPRINIKA 4/20/2010 11:13PM

    Looking good!

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MYTURN11 4/20/2010 9:22AM

    Congrats on the new shoes and please post again in how the shoes are working out for you. Do they run samll or true to size? Like in Nikes I usually take a 8.5 but size up to a 9. I shop at Dicks allot but the store seems always bare. I used to wear Sauconys all of the time when I did high impact aerobic years ago and I was very pleased with them.



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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 4/20/2010 8:56AM

    Super exciting!!!! Congrats on the cute shoes. It is always a great feeling when you get new ones and compare them to the old. I always feel kinda inspired about how far I have come.

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KARVY09 4/20/2010 8:51AM

    You wear the same shoes I do! YAY!

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SUGIRL06 4/20/2010 8:44AM

    Love that last picture! Too cute!!!
~Ang

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CARLAD22 4/20/2010 8:35AM

    Cute!!

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Monday April 20, 2010 Foods

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Yesterday I was able to convince myself to take my measurements once again. Since I haven't seen any changes in about two months, I have not gotten myself to go ahead and go through the pain of seeing no changes in numbers. haha Daily I measure myself to assure that I am I'm not going crazy with pounds but as far as doing some measurements, I'm always afraid to do them. I guess there is always a ray of hope that when I once again start measuring I'm going to see a drastic change. haha It's the child instead of me - or the ostrich - not sure which... Anyone else have this problem?

Here is what I ate yesterday (minus a photo of the dark chocolate with orange slices inside it):
Breakfast: Normal rut as of the moment. This is actually less than 300 calories since I use very small amount of soy butter and vegemite. In addition I have a normal daily vitamin of B12 and a multivitamin. Photo containes coffee, sprouted bread, vegemite, soy butter, freshly cut pineapple and strawberries. yummmmmmmm


Lunch: This was a different meal because I was still slightly full from breakfast. My intentions were to have a nice broccoli salad also from last night's dinner however I was just too full after all the carbs in my lunch. This contains the leftover soup from last night.


Dinner: The sunshine was shining and that means in our household that we are not allowed back indoors until it goes down. Not seriously but sometimes it seems so. I prepared all the ingredients for the seitan skewers (red and yellow pepper, red onion, and seitan) and Quinoa Tabbouleh. Of course there was strawberries and pineapple also.

  
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PAPRINIKA 4/20/2010 11:15PM

    Oh man that last picture! Consists of all my favourite veggies! But I rarely eat vegetarian "meat", they are quite expensive here in my country.

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SUGIRL06 4/20/2010 9:11AM

    That soup looks AWESOME! And those skewers!!! Your food always looks so good!
~Ang

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